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What Experts Say About Using Cleaning Products Against Coronavirus

Men's Health logo Men's Health 3/4/2020 Melissa Matthews
a close up of a bottle: The Environmental Protection Agency released a new list of products that are can protect against the new coronavirus. It includes popular cleaners like Lysol. © Getty Images The Environmental Protection Agency released a new list of products that are can protect against the new coronavirus. It includes popular cleaners like Lysol.

The current outbreak of COVID-19, caused by the coronavirus, is leading to cleaner homes. Sales of disinfectants, like Lysol, have increased, reports Yahoo Finance.

“We are seeing some increased demand,” Reckitt Benckiser, maker of Dettol disinfectant wipes and Lysol cleaning products, said in its annual results. According to Yahoo Finance, the consumer goods company attributes the boost in sales to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention says there is a chance of contracting COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that contains traces of the virus. However, you would have to touch your mouth, nose, or eyes, after contact with the contaminated surface. The virus is most commonly spread through person-to-person transmission.

But can your standard cleaning products really keep you safe? Dr. Amesh Adalja, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, told Fox News that disinfectants which have been proven effective in protecting against other human coronaviruses can probably battle the new coronavirus.

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency released a full list of antimicrobial products that are effective against SARS-CoV-2, the Cause of COVID-19. Popular products include Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, Clorox Clean Up, and Lysol Clean & Fresh.

But, there's no need to re-wipe every surface in your home, says Dr. Keith Roach, an internist at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. If you're using these products to kill coronavirus in your home there's no need if you haven't actually brought it into the house.

"You’ve got to think of your home as a safety zone," says Dr. Roach.

And the best way to ensure your house is as healthy as possible is to wash your hands the moment you walk through the door.

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